The Aging Physician and Other Professionals

Marilyn Price and Donald J. Meyer


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Published in print November 2017 | ISBN: 9780199374656
Published online December 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190856489 | DOI:
The Aging Physician and Other Professionals

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Capacity to practice ones’ profession safely and effectively may become an issue as physicians or other professionals age. While this chapter will focus primarily on the psychiatric assessment of the aging physician, impairment due to illness in persons employed in other healthcare positions, the military, aviation, the judicial system, and law enforcement present similar public safety concerns. The assessment of a physician is used as a model for the evaluation of these other professionals. The role of the state physician’s health committees and physician competency committees in arranging for assessment, support, and monitoring of the impaired aging physician is discussed. Also discussed are mandatory screening and reporting regarding fitness for duty.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Old Age Psychiatry ; Forensic Psychiatry

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